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Happy International Women’s Day! Being a woman in this day and age is so liberating and beautiful. In celebration of our heritage, I thought I would share 15 healthy habits of successful women.
1.) They prioritize
Successful women put first things first. They know what needs to be done and begin with the end in mind. Even if this means cutting back on less important things in order to get the job done, they have a clear vision of their goal and stick to it.
2.) They stay positive
Women who speak positively vs. negatively are much more likely to achieve their goals and stay focused. In fact, researchers have found that positive thinking results in enhancing your skill set to maintain and develop resources. Negative thinking is more likely to program your brain to keep options narrowed and refusing to see different options, resulting in less choices overall.
3.) They keep in touch with a mentor
I have researched so many successful women and found that many of them had one thing in common: they all had a mentor to look up to while rising to their success. Perhaps your boss, your yoga teacher, your professor; find a mentor and lean on them in times of need.
4.) They journal
Many successful women keep a journal to write down their thoughts about their work and life in general. There are many benefits to writing for leisure, including that you can track your goals and thoughts, and that journals help you improve your overall understanding and insight. Need to sort some thoughts out? Writing about it may be your first step.
5.) They balance work and self-care
Self-care is vital to prevent burn-out and keep an overall balance in one’s life. Successful women make time for themselves every single day to re-charge, whether it’s just a 10 minute bubble bath or a walk in the park with their husband and kids. Are you making time for yourself? If not, pencil yourself in like you would for all other clients. You are just as important as everybody else.
6.) They do not limit themselves to one solution
Understanding different viewpoints is critical for those in a leadership position. Be willing to think outside the box and do not limit your thinking to only one perspective. That will end up killing you down the road.
7.) They track their health
Whether it’s scheduling regular check-ups, a mammogram, or simply tracking their periods, successful women make time for their physical health.
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8.) They are skilled at communicating
Research has shown that communication is one of the most important, if not THE most important, skill to have in the work force ranked by many professionals. Women who are able to skillfully communicate with their employer, employees, clients, and acquaintances are more likely to go further than those who lack these skills. Think about how frustrating it is when you are forced to work with someone who is deemed “impossible” to work with. Don’t be one of those people.
9.) They are polite
Honestly, successful women are popular! Those who are genuinely kind and respectful to others are more likely to rise on the ladder because of their intelligence, communication skills, determination, and respect for all humanity. Bottom line: Be nice. It will take you far!
10.) They genuinely do what they love
I am a firm believer that you can’t be successful unless you are passionate about what you do. Successful women have a drive for their work. Things come easy to them because they live their dream and genuinely do what they love. “When you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
11.) They have confidence
Half the battle is believing that you can do it. Successful women empower themselves by believing in themselves. If you don’t feel like you have confidence, don’t worry. I truly believe it is a skill that can be practiced and learned.
12.) They are involved with their communities
People who give back their communities are much more likely to feel engaged at work, have a sense of purpose, and feel valued. If you need some ideas of how to get involved with your community, check out these ideas.
13.) They handle themselves maturely
Successful women are able to control their thoughts, feelings, and emotions towards others. Even if they don’t necessarily care for someone whom they work with, they respect that person and are able to work around their feelings. They never let their emotions control a situation. And if they do- (because life happens!) they apologize and handle things like an adult.
14.) They aren’t a door mat to others
It can be tough to be a woman sometimes. Sadly, gender discrimination will always exist, and there will always be those who think that we aren’t capable of being leader. Don’t let anyone- whether it is a man or a woman- walk all over you. Stand your ground and know that you are smart, beautiful, and CAPABLE.
15.) They believe in the beauty of their dreams
Successful women don’t let anyone tell them that they can’t do something. They know that this is THEIR life for the taking, and that they are ultimately in control of their own destiny.
How are you going to celebrate International Women’s Day?